Log Cabin Village, A Living History Museum in Fort Worth, TX



The Log Cabin Village collects, preserves, and exhibits an eclectic collection of objects, documents and structures related to North Texas history from 1840 through 1890. The objects include textiles, tools, equipment, furniture, documents, personal artifacts, and other objects related to everyday life on the North Texas frontier. Items of an earlier time period are also collected if they were still in use during our interpreted time period.

Cabin Building ToolsAs a museum, we strive to make our collections accessible to the public. Special access to the collections will be granted when all considerations have been given to the safety and stability of the collections and to human safety. Special access requests will only be granted if they are determined to be appropriate and reasonable and are for research and/or educational purposes.

If you are interested in accessing any object in our collection for legitimate research or educational purposes, please contact collections staff to set up an appointment.  Please read our full Collections and Access Policy (pdf).

There are three main types of collections that determine the degree of accessibility to each object.

The following is a quick overview of how our collections are classified:


Wooden rolling pinThis collection consists of objects that are or can be displayed and utilized primarily for educational purposes and reference. These objects are usually authentic artifacts deemed to be irreplaceable. They may be stored or displayed for educational purposes, but only handled by the curatorial staff or trained professionals. Objects in this collection are generally approved for exhibition, but may not be touched or handled by general staff members.


Hands-on artifacts in Seela CabinThe objects in this collection are primarily reproductions and artifacts that are deemed appropriate for the purpose of public access. This collection is appropriate for hands-on programs. The public is allowed to use and handle these objects. Because the objects in this collection may be handled and eventually destroyed by the public, they are not accessioned into the permanent collection.


Slave receipt, 1852This collection consists of photographs, books, archival documents, and other artifacts kept in storage for conservation purposes and requires restricted access. The collection is available to students, researchers, genealogists and other interested parties for research purposes, but only upon the authorization by LCV's curatorial staff. When any item in this collection is in use by anyone outside the LCV staff, a member of the LCV professional staff must be present during use or viewing of object. Many of the artifacts in this collection are now available for viewing through the Portal to Texas History.

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